The Rhythm of the Academic Year

Today my oldest son started preschool. It is still only half of a day, but this year it is three days a week. Soon enough he will go everyday, all day, and he will do it for years. The older I have become the more I have grown to love the idea of an academic…

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Twenty-seven Hours with Tom and His Friends

Five years ago tomorrow I made some promises, some brothers laid their hands on me, and a stole was put on my shoulders. The moment itself was brief, but the journey toward that point had been anything but. Growing up as I did in a theologically conservative Lutheran context, I found myself often pushing back…

A Word in Our Pocket

It has been just over 8 months since we came home to find someone we didn't recognize. Yesterday that saga drew to what is hoped to be its final breath, the man who was on our property that day has been found guilty and sentenced. To be honest, neither my wife nor I wanted to…

Take they our life…

Last Wednesday my wife, son, and I pulled up to our house to find a car in the driveway we did not recognize. I told them to wait in the car and walked up to the front door and found it still locked. It was then that I  heard a sound on the side of…

let them come…

Most Monday mornings start out the same way, sipping coffee and studying some text of scripture with a group of older ladies who have been gathering together for well over a decade. Yesterday went a little longer than the usual hour, but I didn't mind, because the conversation spiraled into a conversation about persecuted Christians.…

why?

Today is a nice day, a bit chilly for some, but a nice day nonetheless. In all actuality today, although it is nice, is probably the worst day of someone's life. Maybe it isn't yours, and it certainly isn't mine, but somewhere around the world someone is suffering the worst heartbreak they will ever experience.…

the more things change, the more they stay the same…

The internet is a wonderful thing, at least, it can be. How else would I know that the title of this post was originally uttered by French critic Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr? Well, I wouldn't. Now that graduation has passed, my ordination has taken place, and I am now only a day or two away from…

looking back to Lent…

It is a little hard to believe that it has been months since I last blogged. It had become for me a release, a way to sort things out. But, while on internship, blogging took a back seat to real life. And even though my internship ended in November I haven't found the desire to…

sunny Sante Fe would be nice…

Recently, thanks in large part to my dalliance with a rip current, I have taken some time to think about my place in life. And, wouldn't you know it, in all that pondering  I felt the urge to once again put fingers to keys and open up about it. Life has certainly been busy, but…

what do I stand for?

It has been too long. February and March came and went and here I sit, a third of the way through April and I haven't taken the time to post. Ah well, such is life I guess. My internship keeps me busy, and I am loving every minute of it. The people who I am…